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AHIMA ICD-10 Transition

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Beginning October 2015,* AHIMA's Coding and HIM Certification exams are changing to reflect the ICD-10 code set. See the schedule below for exact dates for each certification exam.

Exam Transition Dates

October 12, 2015
October 5, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 9, 2015

Interested in Taking an Exam in the ICD-9 Code Set?
There's still time! Register now and take the exam by September 30, 2015.

For more information or to register for an exam, visit

AHIMA's coding and HIM credentials are accredited
by the NCCA.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted accreditation to this certification program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance).


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*Rollout dates are dependent upon the October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10.




ICD-10 Update

On Monday, 03/31/2014, Congress passed H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, in an effort to place a temporarily “fix” to the Medicare sustainable growth rate. A very small section (seven lines) of the bill states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. This bill has yet to be signed by the President, although this action is likely imminent.

This delay in ICD-10 implementation is significant for those SBCC HIT/Coding students who are due to graduate May 2014, and beyond, and who have not had any formal education in ICD-9-CM.

The HIT/CIM faculty and SBCC administration are meeting this week to discuss options for students needing ICD-9-CM educational course work.

Also, I encourage you to review the postings and announcements at the AHIMA website ( As a student, you should consider AHIMA your main resource to provide complete information on changes and potential issues specific to the ICD coding classification system. 

This is the most current information from AHIMA regarding the ICD-10 delay:

AHIMA to clarify and determine next steps
Thank you all for your support. Your advocacy was tremendous.

The HIT/CIM department will provide you with updates as they become available. These updates will be delivered through our courses and on our HIT/CIM departmental web site. Please review your course and SBCC email in the upcoming days for further information from the department and the college.

Please know that we are discussing this unexpected turn of events, and will have more information forthcoming. We are committed to serving the best interest of students. 

Remember, ICD-9-CM is the same basic system from which ICD-10-CM was built, a bit of good news for students only having formal education in ICD-10-CM. 


ICD-10 Exam Delay FAQs (effective April 1, 2014)

On March 31, 2014 the Senate voted to approve a bill that will delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS by at least one year. Assuming the ICD-10 implementation date is delayed to October 1, 2015, CCHIIM will delay the implementation launch date of ICD-10 exams.

Q: How does the ICD-10 exam launch delay affect me?

A: The tentative ICD-10 exam launch dates are as follows:

  • CCA – April 1, 2015
  • CCS-P – April 14, 2015
  • RHIA – April 21, 2015
  • RHIT – April 28, 2015

Q: When is the last date that I can test with the ICD-9 version?

A: Please see the schedule below for the last date the exams will be available in ICD-9:

  • CCA – March 31, 2015
  • CCS-P – April 13, 2015
  • RHIA – April 20, 2015
  • RHIT – April 27, 2015

No exceptions will be made.

Q: Will the AHIMA exams be available under the ICD-9 versions after the launch of ICD-10?

A: No, once the ICD-10 exams are launched the ICD-9 version will be unavailable.

Q: Can I be guaranteed to test under the ICD-9 version?

A: No, due to the number of candidates that take the AHIMA exams we cannot guarantee seat availability for any version of our exams. It is recommended to apply and schedule your exam as soon as possible.

Q: What codebooks are required for the ICD-10 coding exams?

A: If you are taking one of the coding exams please refer to the list of allowable codebooks available in the certification section of the website and click on the specific exam web page. Please be sure to review the list labeled ICD-10 Allowable Codebooks. Candidates that do not bring the correct books to the testing center will forfeit their fees and be required to pay for their exam again.

Q: If I cannot test under the ICD-9 version can I request a refund?

A: Yes, you can request a refund under the policy provided on the Certification web page.






HIT/CIM Labor Statistics

The information below comes from the Labor Market Information provided by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website
Health information Technology (HIT) and Cancer Information Management

May also be called: Clinical Data Specialists; Health Information Analysts; Health Information Management Specialists; Health Information Management Technicians; Health Information Specialists; Health Information Systems Technicians; Medical Record Technicians; Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT)

Specialties within this occupation include: Health Information Coders, Cancer Registrars

Salary Information: The average salary for Health Information Technicians is $49,000. 
Outlook: Faster than average growth is projected for Health Information Technicians. Qualified technicians completing a two-year study program should be able to obtain employment easily.
SBCC Offerings: A.S. Degrees in Health Information Technology and Cancer Information Management. Certificates in Cancer Information Management and Medical Coding Specialist.
EDD Occupational Guides:
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians: summarydetailed






Graduating This Spring?

Congratulations! Now What?
Earning your degree is the first step towards a successful career in HIM. But what comes next? To find out more about life after graduation, SAC member Sebrina Campbell recently interviewed Jamie Wilding, a coding and compliance specialist for Esse Health. Wilding is a new professional who graduated from Saint Louis University in 2010 with her BS in Health Information Management.
Click to read the interview.






CE Hours for HITECH Workforce Training

AHIMA is awarding CE credit for the completion of the Office of the National Coordinator's HITECH WORKFORCE TRAINING. Gain 20 CE hours for the completion of the training and 5 additional CE hours for the successful completion of the HIT PRO Exam.
For more information about the training program go to:
For more information about the HIT PRO Exam, go to:






Looking for students to join the HIT/CIM Peer Club!

Joining the HIT/CIM Student Peer club is a great way to enrich your experience at SBCC by getting to know other students in your major, a way to share your experiences as a student here at SBCC, and a chance to check out and participate in the exciting social and career events the club is planning for the Fall and Spring semesters. To go to the club website for more information about joining and about club activities, click here.




CHIA Mentorship Program

CHIA’s Mentorship Program brings together seasoned HIM professionals with Student members, recent graduates, and other interested health information management (HIM) professionals in an online open and fluid environment. The California Mentorship Community of Practice (CoP) site is the platform for sharing information, experiences, and networking. This program is designed to promote dialogue and professional relationships between mentors and mentees, and is coordinated by the CHIA Mentorship Committee.
View or print the program flyer for more information.





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